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Broadband technology is revolutionising Aged Care – don’t be left behind.

Australia’s aged care population is growing rapidly, placing an enormous strain on the sector to accommodate new residents. Broadband technology is the solution to this challenge, helping elderly Australians live longer while giving them more independence and choice. It’s also making life easier for providers, by enabling them to do more with less, to communicate more efficiently, and better interpret their data. It’s crucial for providers to jump on board with the latest technologies, or they’ll face being left behind. Robotics, science and eHealth are only going to become more and more important. To remain relevant in the future, setting up infrastructure that doesn’t only accommodate the innovations of today, but also those of tomorrow, is imperative. Here are just a few ways internet technology is revolutionising the aged care sector at this very moment:

Quality of life

Broadband technologies are already enhancing residents’ social connectivity. They can now enjoy video calls with their loved ones, which provides a chance to connect face-to-face, bridging the distances between families. This has a huge impact on residents’ state of mind, helping to reduce loneliness and increase overall happiness. Plus, internet technologies have also already started giving residents more choice in their day-to-day lifestyles. Thanks to wearable technologies and more devices being connected to the internet, day-to-day activities can now be customised based on the needs and lifestyle preference of the individual. Residents can now live on their own schedule, giving them greater freedom and independence, even as their care needs increase with age.

Quality of Care

As more and more objects become connected to the Internet of Things, healthcare appliances are becoming even more intelligent. This has created some exciting opportunities to improve care. Residents’ rooms are becoming active health hubs: residents can video-call their doctors from the comfort of their rooms. Providers can currently access all kinds of information about the resident, from their temperature to medicine intake, activity level and heart rate, and you can monitor and track this remotely across the facility. Any changes or abnormal behaviours can be discovered as they emerge. This can be fast, helping save lives in emergencies, and it can also be slow, picking up gradual deterioration that might have otherwise gone under the radar. This is only going to improve as more and more appliances join the Internet of Things, which is likely to lead to better reporting and even faster diagnosis in the future.

Better performance

The latest broadband technologies are also helping facilities become more productive, efficient, and profitable so that they can deliver the better quality of care to a greater number of residents. Providers can streamline processes through better data analysis and monitoring, allowing them to make more informed business decisions. Meanwhile, the dream of end-to-end care management is now being realised, and staff are no longer burdened by as much admin, thanks to mobile and tablet technologies. This has freed up more time for them to provide care, as opposed to being bogged down by admin. Plus, network technology is becoming more sustainable, offering smoother migration to solutions of the future. This will eliminate the need for core refurbishment, so residents can age in place, without having to move as their care requirements change.

NCIS leads the way in aged care technology. We deliver reliable and efficient communications solutions that transform providers’ capabilities, pushing them into the future, and ahead of the industry. NCIS can help your business grow with highly scalable, effective communications infrastructure. To learn more about the advantages of installing an award-winning Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution, enquire now or give us a call on 1800 NCIS GROUP.

The 2018 Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) conference, one of the Australian Aged Care industry’s most anticipated annual events, kicks off in under a month. Over November 21st and 22nd at the Adelaide Convention Centre, ITAC will bring together leading international and national experts in the fields of Information Technology and Aged Care. With key topics ranging from community care to medication management, assistive technologies, and information systems delivery, this years’ programme will cover the hottest news, opportunities, and issues affecting the IT and Aged Care sectors in 2018.

“Understanding IT is now crucial for anyone working in the Aged Care sector. It holds the key to solving many of the challenges of our nation’s aging population, improving the efficiency of healthcare care services and enhancing residents’ quality of life,” says Managing Director of NCIS Group, Dean Beaumont.

The theme for this years’ conference, Co-Designing our Digital Future, will focus on how innovation and technologies can be utilised to support the Disability and Aged Care industries into the future. Lectures and presentations over the two-day event will also tackle how providers can navigate the current Aged Care climate, amid new government reforms, and residents having a greater say in their lifestyles.

“Past ITAC conferences have seen members of Aged Care sector come together to share knowledge, improve their understanding of technology, and discuss how this technology can better be utilised in Aged Care. This has helped many of Australia’s largest Aged Care players improve their care and respond faster to residents’ needs,” says Dean.

“We constantly see first-hand that the providers who innovate get ahead, while those that don’t often get left behind. If you’re involved in the Aged Care sector, staying informed is a must. The future of Aged Care is digital, enabling care providers to do more with less, communicate more efficiently, and better interpret their data.”

The 2018 ITAC conference will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about the latest Information Technology trends in the industry, and how these can secure the sustainability of Australia’s Aged Care sector, as it grapples with the demands of an ageing population.

NCIS can’t wait to see you at ITAC!

The NCIS team will be at ITAC 2018, ready to answer your questions. We’re the people to talk to about the future of broadband technologies in Aged Care. In fact, we took out last years’ ITAC award for “Best application of Business Intelligence to leverage value from Big Data” for our GPON solution: a future-proof network system that has helped many Aged Care providers connect faster and improve their efficiency, all while improving quality of life for seniors.

You can trust NCIS deliver reliable and efficient communications solutions that transform your capabilities and push you ahead in the Aged Care industry. To learn more about the advantages of installing an award-winning Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution, enquire now or give us a call on 1800 NCIS GROUP.

You can find out more about ITAC 2018, here.

The NCIS group, one of NSW’s leading providers of GPON network infrastructure has recently expanded to new corporate offices in Perth, WA. The new West Coast headquarters will accommodate rapid demand for GPON services, particularly in the emerging aged care and hospitality sectors of the region.

“We’re feeding organic growth across the country. Other states and territories have seen the success of our innovative solutions being rolled out in NSW and QLD, and now want to adapt these technologies for themselves,” says NCIS Managing Director, Dean Beaumont.

“Our branding, name, exposure and solutions are now attracting interstate clients and we’re having to grow our business to meet these demands.”

Western Australia is currently coming off the mining boom and to compensate, Perth and its surrounds have entered a construction phase. With the focus on development, the West Coast of Australia is open to implementing new technologies in these industry sectors, especially those with economic growth potential. As a result, many organisations are looking to develop their infrastructure.

“Now’s the time for technological expansion in WA. Companies in Perth are looking for innovation to help them with their bids and they want smarter ways of doing more with less. With the dust settling from the mining boom, they’re resource-starved and need something to pull them up economically,” says Dean.

Aged care is in a growth vertical Australia-wide due to the aging population. NCIS is currently meeting these demands, offering network infrastructure capable of improving the efficiency of facilities, while enhancing quality of life and care.

“Providing scalable infrastructure to the booming aged care industry is crucial right now. Installing and developing this infrastructure for facilities provides aging Australians with better quality of care and lifestyle, which is very important to us,” says Murrie Downing, NCIS’ Director of Sales & Marketing.

“It’s an exciting new phase for NCIS. The next step will be to continue growing our team there. We’re currently searching for more candidates.”

The NCIS group already has a huge range of new Aged Care and Hotel projects in the pipeline for WA.

Based outside of NSW? NCIS group is here to help. By investing in solid GPON communications infrastructure, your organisation can also supercharge its efficiency, well into the future. The NCIS team are award winners in the aged care and hospitality sectors, leading the charge with a comprehensive understanding of the needs of your organisation. To learn more about the advantages of GPON, enquire now or give us a call on 1800 NCIS GROUP.

All business owners are aware that downtime is detrimental to productivity, but few recognise the true extent to which it can harm their organisation. It’s important to remember that downtime can affect your business far more than that actual hours your network is physically down, impacting larger, big picture things like retention, profits and growth potential. Here are four areas where downtime has been known to harm businesses:

1. Productivity

When downtime strikes, usually the first thing to be affected is productivity. Immediately, staff are unable to do their jobs properly, leading to inefficiencies, a higher chance of errors and often, panic. Think about it – if you have 100 staff relying on your server, one day of downtime means 800 hours of compromised productivity – a severe financial loss. Plus, this has also been known to affect company morale. People like to leave work feeling like they’ve worked hard and achieved something in their day. When they don’t, many feel frustrated, annoyed and stressed. Remember – an unsatisfied team is an unproductive one, which is why efficient infrastructure is key to productivity.

2. Repair and compensation

When you’re experiencing downtime, the fastest and most effective solution to getting you back up and running is not usually the cheapest. For example; trying to organize professional help on short notice is expensive and time-consuming. Plus, to catch up on lost productivity, staff are often stuck doing work outside of scheduled hours, leading to additional overtime expenses. These costs are taken straight out of profit margins, leaving businesses unable to invest in new ventures that could help them grow. By cutting out these additional expenses, installing quality communications infrastructure will pay for itself in the long run.

3. Customer experience

In today’s extremely competitive market, customer experience is everything. When service is efficient, we perceive brands to run with equal efficiency, leading to improved trust and heightened customer retention. On the other hand, when service is slow, we tend to feel negatively about the whole organization, leading to poor retention and loss of clients. Downtime harms customer experience, leaving consumers feeling dissatisfied and unloved, straining relationships with customers that may have taken years to build.

4. Future opportunities

While reliable communications networks might have a price tag, the opportunity costs of downtime are even more expensive. Companies that constantly experience communications issues struggle to meet demands, harming opportunities to grow and innovate in the long run. On the other hand, companies with sustainable network infrastructure enjoy greater productivity and efficiency across their organisation, placing them in a better position to innovate, grow and tackle business challenges with confidence.

Ready to ditch down time, boost your productivity and supercharge your profits? Investing in a reliable and efficient communications solution will transform your organisation, pushing you into the future and ahead of your industry. NCIS can help your business grow with highly scalable, effective communications infrastructure. To learn more about the advantages of installing an award-winning Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution, enquire now or give us a call on 1800 NCIS GROUP.

 

The built environment is currently the world’s largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Why not make 2018 the year your business becomes more environmentally sustainable by investing in GPON? Fibre optic technology can greatly reduce the harm you leave on the planet, being fully recyclable, using 80% less copper and 70% less power than a traditional network. Plus, aside from your environmental footprint, having a sustainable facility will also benefit your organisation in many other ways, from increasing the value of your facility to reducing the costs of running it. Here are some key reasons to invest in sustainable fibre infrastructure in 2018:

Gain competitive advantage
Research shows that consumers and investors are more environmentally conscious than ever before, with this trend likely to increase in 2018. Achieving a high Green Star environmental rating is a big advantage in a crowded marketplace, helping set you apart from the competition. Studies show that doing good by the environment will do a lot of good for your business. It can give employees a greater sense of purpose, improving your workflow and naturally creating a favourable brand image for clients. This is likely to improve your likability and eventually, your overall value as an organisation.

Boost your productivity
Environmentally friendly networks are far more productive and efficient. This is because they eliminate the issue of duplication – when multiple networks are installed on the same premises, compromising speed, workspace and time. By consolidating all of this onto one energy efficient network, environmentally friendly infrastructure can provide a big operational boost. With bandwidth speeds up to nine times faster and far less interruptions, a GPON is far more productive, providing greater network security and exciting new usage opportunities. Plus, it will also adapt to a growing user capacity as your organisation expands over time.

Reduce your running costs
While switching to sustainable communications infrastructure might come at an additional cost, it will save you plenty in the long run. An environmentally friendly network uses far less power, which means a much cheaper electrical bill. Plus, by consolidating your infrastructure into one simplified, high-quality fibre network you’ll be less susceptible to internet outages and the hefty repair bills that accompany this. With a sustainable network, you’ll have more savings to invest in innovation and growth.

Ready to help the planet, boost your productivity and save money at the same time? Investing in a sustainable communications solution will transform your organisation, pushing you ahead of your industry in 2018. To learn more about the advantages of fibre, enquire now or give us a call on 1800 NCIS GROUP.

Whether it’s simple improvements to connectivity, or the addition of advanced cloud-based learning systems, disruptive technologies are consistently improving the standard of education, worldwide. We’re passionate about the education sector and we’re confident that fibre infrastructure will have a fantastic impact on the way Australians learn. Here are some of the benefits of installing our GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) solution on campus:

A more productive campus

Traditional ADSL and Cable internet services and even the new NBN Services are not coping with the growing demands of educational networks. By providing an independent carrier feed fibre service at an appropriate size, we can meet and exceed the demands that educators face. Plus, broadband speeds through our GPON are up to and in excess of ten times faster. They’re also far stronger and more reliable. With this, you can expect enhanced efficiencies, increased workflow and more effective processes, both now and well into the future.

Long term cost savings

Despite the initial costs, switching to a fibre-optic network has a proven return on investment. Because it is a more reliable and powerful system, there are far less capital, maintenance, operational or life cycle costs involved. With these savings, you can focus funds into new ventures that continue to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Be part of the Internet of Things (IoT)

Fibre infrastructure can also seamlessly connect a campus to the Internet of Things, leading to stronger internal communications and exciting new usage opportunities for teachers and students.

A safer network and environment

Enjoy peace of mind in knowing all students and educators are safe and accounted for. You can also be confident that your IT is secure with an open access platform that provides ironclad protection against network security breaches.

More space to innovate

By eliminating big communications rooms, a single fibre network will open up more space on campus to be put to better use in new and exciting learning projects.

Environmental sustainability

Modern fibre cabling will boost your Green Star Rating, keeping your campus more environmentally friendly. It’s made from glass, so it’s fully recyclable, while using 80% less copper and 60% less power than traditional networks.

NCIS is experienced in dealing with unique communications needs. We install and integrate cutting-edge technology that has enhanced many communications systems. Here are some of the services we provide to campuses:

Broadband Networks: High Speed Wireless Access for students and staff, WAPs, and VoIP Phones.
Entertainment: FTA TV, IPTV, PayTV, MATV, via RFoG, digital displays for advertising and emergency evacuation situations.
Building Services: BMS and Energy Management, Emergency Evacuation Systems (these ensure all students and staff present on the day have been accounted for) and automated lecture room scheduling systems.
Security: IP Security, IP CCTV, IP Access Control, IP, Intercom, Street and campus safe technologies and people counting systems.

Need more information about what fibre infrastructure can do for your campus? Contact NCIS today.

NCIS leads the way in big data technology.

We are excited to announce we have won the award for “Best application of Business Intelligence to leverage value from Big Data” at the 2017 Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) Conference.

A huge thank you to everyone for all your hard work!

To find out how we can help your business, enquire now or give us a call on 1800 NCIS GROUP.

In today’s competitive hospitality and gaming industry, quality communications infrastructure is key. Guests have increasingly high expectations when it comes to service, efficiency and value, which places heavy pressure on staff and management. Unfortunately, most copper-based systems are incapable of withstanding these demands. And the longer these inefficient systems are left unchanged, the greater the risks are of downtime, security breaches and increased energy consumption, which can dramatically impact productivity, efficiency and profitability. On the other hand, hotel, leisure and gaming facilities that have upgraded to fibre optic solutions say they’ve experienced multiple improvements in these areas. From dramatically enhanced speeds to more efficient, sustainable, cost-effective and scalable communications, the benefits are often organisation-wide.

NCIS can push you ahead of the competition

As a business that prioritises customer service, we understand the unique needs of hotels and leisure facilities. NCIS provide a range of services that improve quality of customer service and staff efficiency, whether this means simple enhancements to basic data or highly-advanced cloud-based technology. Our GPON network dramatically improves speed and quality, simplifies management and can be easily updated with next generation technologies, making it extremely durable and scalable. Here are just some of benefits to cost, efficiency and customer satisfaction our clients say they have experienced with an integrated GPON solution:

Long term cost savings

Despite the initial costs, switching to a fibre-optic network has a proven return on investment. Because it is a more reliable and powerful, there are far less capital, maintenance, operational or life cycle costs involved. It also increases workflow, makes processes more effective and reduces the need for human capital, which provide significant cash savings. With this extra cash on hand, you can invest resources into new ventures and expand to new heights.

A scalable future

Our infrastructure is highly sustainable, providing the smoothest migration to network solutions of the future. It also makes it easy to make changes without having to alter core infrastructure, which offers more freedom to upgrade and expand as time goes by, without all the traditional costs involved.

Improved security

Through our open access platform, we provide ironclad protection against network security breaches. With secure IT through business grade LAN and guest WLAN access applications, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a safer communications network.

Reliable, feature-rich entertainment

Not only does GPON spell the end of scratchy TV signals and poor internet coverage, but it also enhances guest experience in numerous ways, providing ultra-fast connectivity. It also creates multiple opportunities enjoy the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) both now and into the future.

More space

With just one communications room per facility, you’ll have extra space to innovate with, enhancing guests’ experiences even further.

Environmental sustainability 
Modern fibre cabling will boost your Green Star Rating, keeping your facility more environmentally friendly. It’s made from glass, so it’s fully recyclable, using 80% less copper and 60% less power than traditional networks.

NCIS is highly experienced in dealing with the unique communications needs of the hospitality sector. Our technology has helped simplify and enhance many communications systems across a range of different venues. Here are some of the services that work on our converged network solutions:

Security:

IP Security, IP CCTV, IP Access Control, IP, Hotel Room locking systems and People Counting Systems for retail areas.

Broadband Networks:

WAPs, Ultra-High-Speed Broadband Data and VoIP Phones.


Entertainment:

FTA TV, IPTV, PayTV, MATV, via RFoG, Radio, In House TV and digital displays for advertising.

Building Services:

BMS, Energy Management Emergency evacuation systems and Visitor Management.

Need more information about what GPON infrastructure can do for your facility? inquire now or give us a call on 1800 NCIS GROUP.

NCIS leads the way in this technology.

We’ve been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious award: “Best application of business intelligence to leverage value from big data” at the 2017 Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) Conference.

The ITAC conference will be a great opportunity to learn about how information technology is helping build a sustainable, quality-focused Aged Care environment.

Join us for your chance to win a $500 Red Balloon gift voucher!

Date: 21 – 22 November 2017
Location: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition